Monday, 7 August 2017


I have tidied up, wound a warp and dealt with my mail today and that is about it except - - Iceland. I have always wanted to go to Iceland - for 30 or more years since a friend went and described it very enthusiastically. On Sunday my daughter, Ruth, was round for lunch and we were discussing photography. She has recently bought an online course and is getting on well with it. I happened to say that in a photographic magazine I had seen ads for a photography course in Iceland and was startled by the response I got from Ruth. I got swept up in this and ended up today booking two places in a photography course in North Iceland in January. It is going to be cold and there will not be much light but I think that the trip will be great.  I am already reviewing my  cold weather clothes. I still have all the stuff from the Silk Route trip. I even have a spectacular pair of fur-lined waterproof boots. This is going to be the trip of a lifetime.

Oh and I have given up on the TC2. I had too much fun at the Bookbinders conference and I did buy two skins, one teal, one royal blue. The thing about buying a skin is that they are natural and therefore flawed. I had eight skins out to compare before buying.

I leave you with a couple of photos from the International Bookbinding exhibition for 2017.

 The trouble with putting books in glass cases is that any photos of the contents have reflections included. I know of no solution to this problem. But the two photos show the range of books included.


  1. I'd love to visit Iceland and, once we have moved house and got more settled, I hope we will. I have a friend in Reykjavik whom it would be good to see again.

    It's interesting that there is a photography course held in the north of the island as there are also Knitting and Hand spinning courses held there as well, which I have thought about joining. However, I would like to tour the island, so I have more or less decided not to join a course (for the moment!). Also, the other half would be travelling with me; maybe it'll mean two trips?!

    What an exciting trip to be able to look forward to!

  2. Interesting that you decided against the TC2. Not knowing anything about it, I wondered if the it would be the equivalent of the modern embroidery sewing machines, where you set it up and can go away and leave it to get on with things.
    I want a more hands-on approach!

  3. You cannot go away and leave the TC2 to do its stuff. It does the drafting for you and moves the warp on but you still have to sit there and throw the shuttle and do the beating. But I would miss the drafting.



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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.